I witnessed a wonderful grace filled moment on the train from Varsity Lakes this afternoon. Four very polite students from your Training College were in the same compartment as me. A Downs Syndrome young men entered the train and sat across the isle from me and not far from your students. Two of your students obviously know this young man as they addressed him by name and asked how his day was. The interaction between them was such a delight to encounter on a train.
Your students are to be commended!
I felt tears well up in my eyes as I witnessed this tolerance of difference. Such graciousness is to be valued.
My husband suggested that I share my beautiful experience with you.
Member of the Public, 2017
I must say I was very disappointed to read the two negative feedbacks from parents in the attached newsletter. Some parents are truly expecting too much from the AITC and just are not getting the bigger picture.
Our family on the other hand truly cannot thank your wonderful team of dedicated staff enough. From the professional way you conducted the orientation night at Bond University to the enormous amount of preparation and help given to our son in finding work experience, was completely over and above what we expected.
Our son and I have had to contact Brad on a few occasions outside of business hours and to our utter surprise, he has swiftly responded in a very helpful way.
Prior to starting at AITC our son was a very unhappy boy. Totally disengaged st school and feeling like all the teachers hated him. My husband and I were worried about what would come if him.
I must admit, I really had reservations about Cooper starting with the AITC. We thought he was not mature enough or responsible to take on the self-learning style we could see that would have been required of him. But lengthy discussions with one of your female staff members who name I cannot recall, we were reassured he would be fine and our minds were put to rest.
Since Cooper started this year our extended family and friends have been commenting about how much more mature he is. Every afternoon he jumps in the car bursting to give me another positive update about how his day was, how respectful the teachers are, what he has learned and how much he loves it.
So to yourself Mark and all the wonderful staff at AITC a BIG thank you. You have all contributed massively in turning one little boy's life from being labeled as bad at school, into a young man that now believes he has a future.
Parent, 2017 commenting on an article in the May 2017 Newsletter
Firstly thank you so much for the update on the young people’s successes in the first weeks at AITC!!
I can personally say that Jared came home each day last week with a positive disposition and attitude to his new learning pathway at AITC. He is finding new found confidence and maturity in himself which astounded me and made me feel very proud! He would have NEVER have learned to believe in himself and have such a positive attitude at his previous school!! You have all created a learning atmosphere which inspires our young men and women to believe in themselves and strive to be the best they can be – values, which, unfortunately are no longer embraced in mainstream schools.
I am very thankful for taking note of a radio advertisement late last year about AITC and taking the first step to creating a better future for our son.
Jared was hesitant at first to leave his familiar “school” and “friends” last year but he has now come to realise that AITC was the best choice for his future. He is excited to learn and he is taking control of his own destiny and becoming a very confident young man. This would not have been possible in his previous learning environment. He has spoken of the positive attitude and how he feels that he can achieve so much more surrounded by like-minded colleagues who are focused on their careers.
He is very fortunate to have such a great learning environment at AITC and is embracing the values which will set him up for life. My husband and I thank you for providing such a nurturing learning environment and for helping us shape Jared into a confident and skilled young man.
A HUGE thankyou to you and your team for a wonderful evening last night.I can't begin to tell you how impressed with both the set-up and the staff Deborah and I both were. However, as I stated when we spoke, Deborah and I being impressed isn't enough, our son needs to like it and commit to it if we are to get a result.
Our son doesn't talk about school much, it simply isn't a lot of fun for him as sadly is the case with a lot of students today. He simply didn't shut up about the place on the way home and was back up and into my head at 6.15am this morning about it so I think it's safe to say we have his motor running.
I hope that you understand what I say here, in as much as your facility and your staff were amazing the two stars of the show for all three of us were Connor and Brittany, and the conversation and time that they afforded our son at the end was what I believed sealed the deal for him. These were just kids like him who were a little different, didn't fit in or particular like school but wanted to move on and grow as young adults. They let him know that it was OK to not fit into a box and that if you REALLY want to do something then this is the school for you - I really can't thank them enough.
Potential Parent after attending an Information Session, 2016
This is a thank you message to all staff at the AITC who had anything to do with helping and guiding our son James through years 2014 - 15. Saturday nights' events have blown us away, for James to win this award has made us so proud & more importantly made us love, respect and appreciate our young boy even more then ever. It's been a wonderful 2 years for us and James, from the first day I dropped James at the train station for his 40 min ride to Robina to his last day of school he never complained or had anything negative to say about the AITC and the staff. I know he'll miss the AITC and in the years ahead he'll have something to look back on, especially the night he walked up on stage to collect his prize for "Apprentice Of The Year". As parents we are so proud and so grateful for your help.
May I take this opportunity to express my sincerest thanks and appreciation to everyone at AITC for their professionalism and yet ‘softness’ and caring work ethic, which has assisted my son to understand ‘the real world and professional people’ in such a way to give him the knowledge to make better choices easier. He achieved his QCE AND secured an Apprenticeship!!!
As a parent, I have nothing but praise for the college, what it stands for and its philosophy. The monetary cost was manageable and certainly money well spent.
I’m finding it hard to choose one word that collectively expresses how the experiences, friendships, learnings and opportunities that were offered, and taken by Mitchum over his journey of the past two years at the AITC impacted positively on our whole family.
We have been blessed to have found and been part of the AITC and its fantastic, dedicated team. !!
“Thank you for organising the sign up for Tommy. Ian and I are very appreciative of all the work you have done over the past few weeks in organising all of this. Thank you for everything you have done, which is a great deal, I realise. Tommy is very excited about Greg taking him on and I am sure that he will do his very best. Tommy is loving the Trade College and to be honest he is the happiest that I have ever seen him. We always know when he is happy because he whistles in the morning - I don't think he realises he is doing it - but heck he has been whistling a lot lately!! Tommy seems to have found a real 'sense of place' and from what I can see, it truly is a wonderful college where young people feel safe and cared about..”
It was really great to catch up with you and the team at AITC again. Even though I didn't pursue the trade career, my time at AITC will always have played a major part in my life. Without the inspiration and guidance from the team, students and especially Richard P I have no idea how my life would be now. Thankfully I got the kick into gear and motivation I needed to get fit, continue my education and strive for bigger and better things from my experience at AITC. It almost seemed like fate how at a time when I was bullied at traditional school and wanted to quit, that AITC opened its doors and gave me the platform to continue my education.
Since leaving AITC I have obtained a Bachelor Psychological Science, Masters Counselling and 2 years Experience as a Social Worker/Mental Health Worker at FSG Australia and I am currently running my own Counselling business.
Thanks again for taking the time to chat with me on Friday and I hope that we come in contact again soon.
Past Graduate after attending an AITC Reconnect event, 2017
I thought I would write to inform you that Finley has completed his Carpentry course at TAFE Ashmore.
He is still our Apprentice and is going great.
He is confident, shows initiative and has a pleasant manner with our clients and his co-workers.
He has truly proven himself as a very valuable member of our company.
We took him out last Friday night to celebrate the completion of his TAFE course and he said to us,
“Thank God for AITC. If it wasn’t for AITC, I’d still be doing the carpentry course.”
He realizes he has fast tracked his trade. Some other young guys at TAFE were surprised he’d completed the course by age 19 and is now fully qualified.
I love the atmosphere of the Redlands campus! The staff and students here are very friendly and the vibe is wonderful. So much so, that although we live in Redcliffe, I want my son to come here for the IQ program
I wanted to let you know that I was at a dinner last week, sitting beside a mother who had a son at AITC – she could not speak more highly of the school and the experience of her son and how much he loved the school and being an apprentice. He had been at a private school, where her other son continued to go successfully, but this son had not fitted in well and to transition to a school like AITC has been his making.
The young lad had worked for me before going to your school - he has come up leaps and bounds since he’s been at the AITC. I am very impressed in what you are doing there.
I would just like to say how pleased I am with the general behaviour of the students from your Varsity Lakes campus. Most days we will have a small group in for morning tea or lunch and they are always polite and courteous. Sometimes early in the morning we do not have many staff on shift, but your students are happy to patiently wait their turn to be served. They are respectfully quiet in the restaurant and they never leave more than a few crumbs on the tables when they leave.
I have been in this industry for a long time and I usually cringe at the sight of groups of school children heading for our doors. They are loud, messy and generally disruptive. This is not the case with your students. They are welcome here anytime.
Please pass on my thanks to the young ladies and gents at your college.
Robina Restaurant Owner 2015